Do you care about how many plastic bags are given to you whenever you shop? If you don’t then I suggest you stop reading and be on your way. This could sound self-righteous!
I’ve always been worried by the amount of plastic bags being given out to me whenever I do grocery shopping. Almost annoyed in some cases, unless I know they are the biodegradable type like in Ikea. I mean, there are some cashiers/till attendants who simply give away way too many bags than necessary. To the point where I have to tell him/her to stop doing it. Why can’t they consolidate the items so they fill the bags more? Okay, so you don’t want to mix the cleaning solution with the veggies, that I understand. But to use just one bag for a mere 2 or 3 small items is pure complacency.
Plastic polyethylene bags are essentially non-biodegradable, petrochemical products. That means they are not eco-friendly. Basically they contribute to killing our environment. POLLUTION. In the UK some hypermarkets like Waitrose charge a fee should you want your purchases bagged in plastic. This encourages customers to bring their own carriers, much like the green bag pictured above. You can get these bags from quite a number of our local stores now; Cold Storage, Village Grocer, Carrefour, even Giant.
“According to the United States EPA, only 1% of plastic bags were recycled in 2000. When one ton of plastic bags is reused or recycled, the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil is saved.” Wikipedia.
I for one have started using reusable carriers. I believe everyone of us can effect change, no matter how small. REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE. Care to join the revolution?